Yankees hopeful Masahiro Tanaka will return next month

Yankees manager Joe Giraldi said that he is hopeful that Masahiro Tanaka will be able to return to the rotation in September after missing the last month with an inflamed elbow.
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New York Yankees manager Joe Giraldi said that he is hopeful that pitcher Masahiro Tanaka would be able to return to the rotation in September. 

Tanaka threw 49 pitches in a simulated game Thursday morning at Comerica Park in Detroit, where the Yankees are finishing up a three-game series.

Tanaka has been on the disabled list since early July with right elbow inflammation. 

The pitcher told YES Network that he felt normal soreness after the simulated game and that he he has no date in mind about when he might return. He said he is more cautious than excited at this point in rehab process 

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At the time he was injured, Tanaka led the American League with 12 wins and had a 2.51 ERA. 

The Yankees have won seven of their last 10 games and sit six games back of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East. They are 2.5 games out of the second wild-card playoff spot.  

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